Offered for sale is an original mono white label promotional copy of Gerry Mulligan’s 1962 LP Jeru.
About this copy: This copy of Jeru is an original 1962 white label promotional copy, complete with both a timing strip and a hype sticker (“A New Star on Columbia Records”.) This the first pressing and not the more common reissue with the “Archive Series” sticker on the cover.
The cover is VG, with wear at the corners and edges, and just a hint of ringwear on the front cover. The white label disc is VG++; it looks like it may have been played once, though it does have a few scuffs from being removed from the original paper inner sleeve (included.) There is a faint fingernail mark through the first track on side 2 that should be inaudible.
A beautiful copy of a terrific album.
Background: It’s tough finding clean promotional copies of any album from the 1960s (that anyone would actually want); most of them seem to have had heavy play, which, of course, was the reason they were sent to radio stations in the first place. This copy of Jeru is quite the exception, and it’s in remarkably clean condition for a white label promo jazz LP.
Jeru finds Gerry Mulligan fronting a quartet that, unusual for him, includes a piano. The readers at AllMusic.com gave Jeru 4 1/2 stars:
While Gerry Mulligan was famous in the 1950s for leading pianoless quartets, he never had anything against pianists; in fact he often played piano himself. This 1962 quintet session finds Jeru utilizing the strong talents of pianist Tommy Flanagan along with bassist Ben Tucker, drummer Dave Bailey, and the congas of Alec Dorsey to play seven songs (all but “Get Out of Town” are somewhat obscure). Mulligan is in fine form and, even if the music on this LP is not all that essential, it is quite enjoyable.
You can hear “Get Out of Town” here: